Music Q&A:
Ruby Boots

The rising Australian star, now based in Nashville, tells us about walking backwards with Bill Murray. She plays The Sage, Gateshead, 7 June and Deaf Institute, Manchester, 8 June

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What informs your music and songwriting?
Right now, life as it stands. I’ve just finished a new record and most of the songs have a sense of trying to balance both vulnerability and strength. I think we live in a world where life expects so much of us. We have to be prepared to be able to take on anything that comes our way with grace, but with that comes putting up our guards, yet we all really – right now more than ever – need to make sure we are vulnerable enough to be open to whatever life throws at us. We have to be vulnerable with each other because we all need to stick together the best we can.

How have you evolved as an artist over the years?

I feel like I’m always working toward a sound when I go to record something that only comes to pass on an album that is yet to come. So in essence I feel like the album I have just made is the one I’d hoped to make when doing the last one. I just feel like I’m coming into my own now with this new record.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
I’ve just finished writing and recording a new album in Nashville and Dallas which should be out later on this year, so right now I’m out on the road with Nikki Lane through Europe and the UK leading up to that coming out.

What’s on your rider?

Soda water and cheese – as much soft cheese as they’ll give me!

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.

I think hanging out with Bill Murray all the way from Chicago to Nashville just by chance! Walking backwards on the moving sidewalks through Chicago Midway is something that will remain tattooed on my mind.

What song do you wish you’d written?

Mercedes Benz by Janis Joplin. It’s more relevant than ever today.

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